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Det är ingen idé, det går ändå inte att undvika vårdrelaterade infektioner: en litteraturbaserad studie om sjuksköterskors tankar kring handhygien
University West, Department of Health Sciences, Section for nursing - undergraduate level.
University West, Department of Health Sciences, Section for nursing - undergraduate level.
2016 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
There is no point, health care associated infections cannot be prevented : a literature based study of registered nurses' thoughts about hand hygiene (English)
Abstract [en]

Background - Health care associated infection is the most common injury related to hospitalization in Sweden. This implies a major suffering for patients affected and requires unnecessary resources from health care. In every tenth hospital bed there is a patient who has been exposed to a health care associated infection. The primary source of transmission is through the professionals' hands. There is a great need to reduce the spread of pathogens that cause health care associated infections. Nurses represent a large part of the workforce in health care, where their thoughts about hand hygiene are of interest to find out why health care associated infections occur.

Aim - The aim of this study was to describe registered nurses' thoughts about hand hygiene. Method - In this literature based study nine qualitative articles were analysed by a method described by Friberg (2012).

Results – The three main categories were for whom my hands get washed, difficult to follow hygiene guidelines and want to be better. Nurses' motivation to follow hand hygiene practices is primarily based on protecting themselves against microorganisms. Nurses' have knowledge about the guidelines but choose to apply their own rules. Nurses follow the examples set by others, whether they have a good or bad behaviour. Conclusion - Nurses need more knowledge in why hand hygiene is important in order to change their mindset for whom hand hygiene is performed. Nurses have a need of role models who can motivate them and set a good example.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 21 p.
Keyword [en]
Hand hygiene, infection control, nurse attitude, qualitative study, role model
Keyword [sv]
handhygien, infektionskontroll, sjuksköterskans attityd, kvalitativ studie, förebild
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-9251Local ID: EXO502OAI: diva2:913628
Subject / course
Nursing science
Educational program
Available from: 2016-03-23 Created: 2016-03-22 Last updated: 2016-03-23Bibliographically approved

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